The Faith Action for Community Equity Maui (FACE Maui) fundraiser steeplechase is a scenic, two-hour motorcycle ride, which makes stops at a series of churches.
Motorcyclists should meet at Burger King on Pu‘unēnē Avenue at 9 a.m. The ride will begin at 10 a.m. The route will take riders from Kahului through Pā‘ia, Ha‘ikū and Kula before winding back through town to Trinity Episcopal Church-By-the-Sea Kīhei at 100 Kūlanihāko‘i St. for the blessing ceremony and festivities beginning at 1 p.m. Gates open at noon.
Micronesian dancers will kick off the ceremony with a celebratory performance. Clergy from a variety of congregations and traditions will take part in blessing the bikes.
The inaugural “Steeplechase and Blessing of the Bikes” will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church-By-the-Sea in Kīhei on Saturday, Oct. 23.
Donations of $20 per bike are suggested. Door prizes will be drawn during the day with a grand prize of $500.
Enjoy live music and plate lunches from 1:30 to 3 p.m. An after-party will be hosted at the Kiwi Roadhouse in Kīhei with more live music and special prices.
“This gathering marks the informal start of the holiday season,” said Rev. Tasha Kama, Chair of the FACE Clergy Caucus. “The Blessing of the Bikes is to encourage everyone in the Maui community to remember the riders on the road and drive with special caution around them. We encourage everyone to care for each other on the road, recognizing the special vulnerability of our friends and family members on two wheels. We honor the Maui motorcycle community for their generosity during the year in supporting many community groups and programs, for example, their extraordinary Toys for Tots run coming up in December.”